Sony slashes Xperia X price down to INR 24,990 in India

February 17, 2017

Competing well and staying relevant with a mid-range offer in today’s market is an almost impossible task. The going is especially tough in India, where many value-driver Chinese manufacturers have focused their expansion efforts in recent years. Since, Sony isn’t really known for its aggressive pricing strategy, discounts for devices like the Xperia X, were expected sooner or later.

After slashing INR 10,000 off the rather exuberant INR 48,990 (around $735) launch price last year, Sony has now brought down the Xperia X even more to INR 24,990 (about $375). That is how much the…

AT&T updates the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to Android 7 Nougat

February 17, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners on AT&T have begun receiving their long-awaited update to Android Nougat. Upgrading the S7 to version G930AUCU4BQA6 and the S7 edge to G935AUCU4BQA6, the 1.6GB update introduces several new features, such as a revamped status bar, performance modes for games and multimedia, native Multi-Window mode, a new Settings app, and other Samsung-exclusive stuff. That comes in addition to native functionality like Doze mode for power efficiency, the Data Saver, notification controls, seamless updates, and much more.

Grab the update while it’s hot and …

ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled

February 17, 2017

ZTE has announced that they have decided to phase out the Kickstarter campaign for the Hawkeye smartphone that was revealed by the company last month. The announcement came in the form of an update to the phone’s Kickstarter page.

The company, however, said that the project isn’t over. “We are reevaluating the device for the winning Project CSX idea – an eye-tracking feature with self adhesive backing – and it will be implemented based on your feedback.”

This comes less than a month after the Chinese firm acknowledged that their decision to implement eye-tracking feature with self…

Nougat update starts hitting Huawei Honor 8 units in India

February 17, 2017

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to Honor 8 units in India. Arriving as version FRD-L02C675B310, the update brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0) and EMUI version 5.0. The update was being beta tested until now, but now the beta phase has come to an end.

“Honor 8 with Nougat and Emui 5.0 is open to users in India now,” the Chinese company said in a blog post. “FRD-L02C675B310 became open to public a week ago. The same version will be available to all users in batches by end of February.”

Global roll out for the Honor 8 Nougat update began last month, and units in the…

YouTube plans to remove 30-second unskippable ads

February 17, 2017

If you’ve been using YouTube for a few years now, then its hard not to notice how much it has changed and gradually morphed. Google’s efforts all seem to be aimed at one goal – to position the video platform as a viable mainstream content provider, not unlike TV and capitalize on advertisement accordingly. A lot has already been said about the new policies and parts of the community are constantly expressing concern. But, without going into too much detail, we will note that nowadays popular content tends to be longer by design, aimed at ramping-up viewing times and often delivered by big…

Blizzard to release three Hearthstone expansions this year

February 17, 2017

Hearthstone players are in for a very eventful year as Blizzard’s plans for taking its mega hit further involve no less than three full-blown expansion packs. But where Blizzard giveth, Blizzard also taketh away – half a dozen cards from the Standard format will be removed.

The first expansion will cut cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers. Six cards from the original Classic set will be put inside the “Hall of Fame” and made unavailable in Standard mode. But don’t protest just yet. If you happen to have any of them, Blizzard …

SoftBank willing to give up control of combined Sprint-T-Mobile?

February 17, 2017
There are a number of things that have become roadblocks to a possible merger of  U.S. carriers Sprint and T-Mobile. More than two years ago when the subject was last discussed by the two wireless firms, U.S. regulators let it be known that the deal would not clear the FTC or the FCC. But since then, a couple of important things have happened. One, T-Mobile hopped over Sprint to become the third largest stateside wireless operator. Two, insiders familiar with Sprint’s thinking say that its majority owner SoftBank is now willing to give up control of Sprint to Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. The …

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on AT&T start getting Nougat update

February 17, 2017

Shortly after T-Mobile started pushing it out, AT&T has also begun rolling the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge Nougat update. Weighing in at around 1.6GB, the update arrives as version G930AUCU4BQA6 for the S7 and G935AUCU4BQA6 for the edge variant.

Aside from bumping the Android version to 7.0, the update also brings along some other changes, including network performance enhancements, Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass, as well as Android security fixes for the month of February.

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LG G Pad III 8.0 starts getting Nougat update

February 17, 2017

The Nougat update for the LG G Pad III 8.0 has been released. Specifically, Canadian carrier Fido has started rolling out the update to units on its network. The update bumps the Android version to 7.0.

Given the fact that it’s an OTA roll out, it might take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.

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This coming week, T-Mobile Tuesday will fuel your car and your body

February 17, 2017
Just a few days away, this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday has fuel for your car and body. You can save up to $5 at Shell by discounting the cost of gas by 25 cents per gallon for as many as 20 gallons. And if use some sort of alternate transportation like a bicycle, or your legs, you can gift the Shell discount to any of your friends. Besides the car, you can also fuel your body by taking 25% off the regular menu price at Papa John’s. This is valid for online pickup orders only.

And there is more pizza coming. Check the T-Mobile Tuesday app every week between February 14th and March 7th. …